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Suvir Saran's Penne with Popped Tomatoes and Bacon

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Think of this Penne with Popped Tomatoes and Bacon from Suvir Saran's Masala Farm as the rustic farmer cousin of bucatini all'amatriciana. It's got the tomatoes, onions, and bacon but is also loaded up with fresh herbs that pack a punch.

Instead of a smooth, long simmered tomato sauce, this one is made by cooking down cherry tomatoes until they literally pop, making for a hearty chunky sauce with all shapes and sizes of tomatoes and generous cubes of bacon.

Why you should make this: We're always looking for a tasty and quick weeknight pasta and this one with it's big tomato bacon flavors is aces.

Next time we might think about: Saran makes a winter version of this pasta, adding in crème frâiche and cream. If you're looking for something a little richer it's just the thing.

Reprinted with permission from Masala Farm by Suvir Saran. Copyright © 2012. Published by Chronicle Books. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved.

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